Say That Again

by Carlo Longino




So, Steve, Is DRM Good Or Bad?

from the those-are-nice-flip-flops dept

The fallout from the passing of a French law requiring DRM interoperability continues, with the US Commerce Secretary the latest to throw in his two cents. But a bit more interesting is a 2002 comment from Steve Jobs about DRM (via SiliconBeat) that somebody's dug up: "If you legally acquire music, you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own." That sort of runs counter to Apple's reaction to the French law, doesn't it? Of course, when Apple was just getting into the music business, it behooved the company to make itself out to be this great friend of the consumer, looking to stick to the evil record lables. Now that Apple's used the labels' obsession with DRM to become a dominant force, it supports keeping its proprietary DRM to itself, lest it lose its grip on iPod owners and iTunes customers. So, Steve, what are your true feelings about DRM and copy protection?

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    mark, 25 Mar 2006 @ 7:53am

    Re: too many irrelevant and uneducated opinions he

    "This law is like saying a NTSC player in france is illegal because it can't play PAL videos. Ridiculous."

    Hey, in France and only France, they use SECAM. So both NTSC and PAL are screwed. But I don't see any laws about interoperability... Hypocrites.

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